Thomas Rhett and Lauren Akins’ Relationship Timeline

Thomas Rhett and Lauren Akins’ love story is one for the books. The couple met as kindergartners, but it took them about 15 years to realize that they were life partners — and they haven’t turned back since.

The country superstar and the Live in Love author started dating in 2011 after reconnecting at a party for her sister. They were engaged within six months and married the following October.

“When I saw them stare at each other the entire 20 minutes they were saying their vows, it’s like these two people are meant to be together. They are beyond in love,” the groom’s father, Rhett Akins, told Country Weekly at the time. “Everybody there that had doubted or wondered if they were too young, all the doubts are gone now.”

After honeymooning in Hawaii, Rhett and Akins tried to start a family. However, the pair struggled to conceive, so they began looking into other ways to have children. Akins visited Uganda in 2016 and quickly developed a bond with a baby girl named Willa Gray. She and Rhett returned to the African country a dozen times over the 12 months that followed before formally adopting the then-18-month-old.

In the middle of the process, the Grammy nominee and his wife found out that she was pregnant. Their daughter Ada James was born in August 2017, only three months after Willa came home to the U.S.

“There is nothing more fun than being around my children,” Rhett gushed to ABC News Radio in June 2019. “I can only imagine it gets more fun the more that you have.”

And with that said, they became a family of five in February 2020 when Akins gave birth to another daughter, Lennon Love.

Scroll down to see a timeline of Rhett and Akins’ relationship!

1995

The pair met in kindergarten when they were in the same class at Goodpasture Christian School in Madison, Tennessee.

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2005

Rhett and Akins briefly dated in the 10th grade. He was head over heels in love, but she ultimately decided they would be better off as friends. “She was just like the all-American, friendliest, nicest. She was tall, blonde, beautiful, pretty much the total package for any dude from sixth grade all the way through high school,” Rhett recalled to The Tennessean in February 2016.

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2011

Rhett and Akins nearly got engaged to other people in college. But then, he attended her sister’s graduation party in 2011 and confessed that he still had feelings for her.

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2011

The hitmaker proposed to the former nurse in December 2011 by writing “Marry Me” on a wine bottle with a Sharpie marker over dinner at her favorite Nashville restaurant, Giovanni.

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2012

Rhett and Akins tied the knot in October 2012 during an outdoor ceremony in Nashville.

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2014

The lovebirds enjoyed a trip to Italy in September 2014. “Me and @lauren_akins peacing out of the country! Here we come Italy,” the entertainer captioned a selfie via Instagram.

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2014

Rhett and Akins dressed up as Harry Potter and Hermione Granger, respectively, at a Halloween party in October 2014.

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2015

In July 2015, the couple returned to their honeymoon destination of Hawaii to shoot the music video for the singer’s signature hit, “Die a Happy Man.”

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2015

Rhett cozied up to his “boo” at a college football game in September 2015.

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2016

The musician took to Instagram in October 2016 to commemorate their fourth wedding anniversary. “4 years @laur_akins seriously?! It’s gone by so fast,” he wrote. “Love you so much!! Happy anniversary babe.”

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2017

Rhett and Akins adopted their daughter Willa from Uganda in May 2017.

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2017

Akins gave birth to the couple’s second daughter, Ada, in August 2017. “I can’t believe that we have two daughters!!” Rhett wrote via Instagram.

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2018

The family of four took a trip to Chicago in July 2018 ahead of Ada’s 1st birthday.

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2019

Rhett and a then-pregnant Akins brought Willa and Ada to the CMA Awards in November 2019.

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2020

The childhood sweethearts welcomed their third daughter, Lennon, in February 2020. “Watching our kids meet Lennon for the first time was probably the sweetest thing I’ve ever seen in my whole life!” Rhett wrote via Instagram. “Ada James and Willa Gray are going to be the best big sisters on the planet.”

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